A locally owned cooperative financial institution, Caisse populaire de Clare, received a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award during a ceremony in Ottawa on Dec. 14.
Caisse populaire de Clare was honoured as the Atlantic Canada winner in the Business Leader Category for their work with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), among other charities.
Caisse populaire de Clare consistently makes a contribution to others and the community through charitable giving, volunteering and participation. They were instrumental in the creation of the CCS Relay for Life event in Clare.
Paul Emile LeBlanc, CEO, attended the ceremony in Ottawa and accepted the award on behalf of the Caisse.
“This award would not have been possible without the great work done by the staff, management and volunteers of our Caisse. We have an excellent team with good leadership. This was a challenging year because our Caisse loss three very dear friends in Ian Caldwell, Marc Robichaud and Joe Mombourquette. All three exemplify the commitment we all have to volunteerism and the love of our community,” said Leblanc.
“It is important that we give back to the community. At Caisse populaire de Clare, we are very fortunate to have dedicated staff, volunteers, and members that support us,” he added. “We work with many groups, individuals and businesses throughout Clare and surrounding areas. A big thank you to everyone; we are very honored to be accepting this award. ”
According to Canadian Cancer Society CEO Barbara Stead Coyle, the decision to nominate Caisse populaire de Clare for the national Volunteer Award was an easy one.
“The staff and management of Caisse populaire de Clare share a strong collaborative approach to supporting the Canadian Cancer Society,” she said. “Their continued involvement is driven by their staff support for the cause, many of whom have been touched by cancer.”